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Airwolf, 1984
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Epic TV series...

Intro film for TV series starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine as former military pilots in possession of a stolen US super-helicopter. With its turbo-thrusters, Airwolf can exceed mach 1, and it carries atomic bombs (the 'pilot movie' sees Airwolf nuke a battleship) in addition to the more frequently used anti-aircraft/tank missiles and built-in machine-guns. Shadowy US security agency 'The Firm', led by white-suited Archangel (Alex Cord), allowed our two heroes to keep Airwolf in exchange for their expert help flying secret missions for the government.

This action show was terrific fun - with its keen sense of humour and plenty of thrilling airborne espionage on a weekly basis, using a Bell 222A helicopter. 1st class production values and exemplary aerial photography set new high standards for rotary action on TV.
The 2nd season added an ex-policewoman pilot (Jean Bruce Scott) to the regular characters, and she eventually got to fly Airwolf when the hero was injured. My favourites among an extraordinary variety of flying stunts include Airwolf reaching near orbital altitude to freeze the virtual villain of Moffet's Ghost out of the onboard computer, Airwolf versus another super-helicopter in episode HX1, and Airwolf II - which sees our heroes engage the superior Redwolf helicopter (fitted with a laser cannon) in a dogfight... but it's piloting skill, and not advanced technology, that wins the day.

"Airwolf was a Bell 222A, tweaked with a bunch of bolt-on goodies. Following the end of the TV series, Airwolf was stripped down, repainted, and sold to Germany as a medevac unit. Later, it was struck by lightning while rushing a burn patient to hospital, and lost." - NATHAN DECKER

Airwolf featured a Bell 206 JetRanger owned by Santini Air, and often used as a flying taxi whenever the heroes needed to reach the Airwolf helicopter's desert hideaway in a hurry.

These 2 behind-the-scenes pictures of the flying Airwolf models courtesy of Larry Jolly Miniature Productions.

Andrew Probert (probertdesigns.com) worked on designs for Airwolf, producing numerous sketches and drawings, and his work on props, graphics, and storyboards all helped to establish that Airwolf was not simply a gadget used by the hero to solve problems or fight enemies; the helicopter became a principal character ('The Lady') in this action series.

See below for examples of Airwolf designs, plus a behind-the-scenes photo of the actual Bell helicopter's remodel and refit work in prep for making the TV series...



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Airwolf Exterior blueprints of modified Bell 222.

http://www.monsterzeug.de/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/airwolf_blueprint.jpg

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http://tv-series.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4568



-- Edited by Triton on Thursday 25th of October 2012 10:12:32 PM



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Great find!



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